Archeological dig at Old Salem uncovers first building erected in Salem

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An archaeological team excavates the site of the 1766 Builder's House at the corner of Brookstown Ave. and Old Salem Road in Winston-Salem, NC, Monday, July 20, 2015. (David Rolfe/Journal)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Almost 250 years ago, in frigid February weather, eight craftsmen made the trek from settlements at Bethania and Bethabara to what would soon be known as Salem, according to The Winston-Salem Journal.

Along the way they shot two deer and, seeking sanctuary at the Builder’s House — the first building erected in Salem —cooked it over the roaring indoor fireplace.

Although the Builder’s House was a modest log cabin, it symbolized something much greater: the genesis of Winston-Salem as we know it, said Mo Hartley, the director of archaeology at Old Salem.

“It’s a nice thought: the settlers gathering at this cabin with the fire going, roasting venison and plotting the future of our state,” Hartley said. “It was the start of a journey that would define where we are today.”

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